Bob Dylan says the quality of modern recordings is "atrocious," and even the songs on his new album sounded much better in the studio than on disc.
"I don't know anybody who's made a record that sounds decent in the past 20 years, really," the 65-year-old rocker said in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine.
Yeah, I'm curmudgeonly. Here's the funny part:
Noting the music industry's complaints that illegal downloading means people are getting their music for free, he said, "Well, why not? It ain't worth nothing anyway."The overriding feeling I have about popular music these days is that it's made by children, and that didn't used to be the case. While there have always some boys and girls working among the men and women of the music biz, there was a progression that was made possible by the mix, a passing of torches. For whatever reason, musical fads come and go so quickly now that there's not nearly as much comingling of rising and falling stars any more, so tradition is something you sample, not something you earn through relationships and hard work. I'm talking about producers too, not just artists, and that's where the real magic is lost.
"You listen to these modern records, they're atrocious, they have sound all over them," he added. "There's no definition of nothing, no vocal, no nothing, just like ... static."
Same thing with film, TV and even comedy, have you seen any of the Comedy Central roasts lately? It used to be that the host of the event was at least the subject's second or third best friend, and the dais was for people with serious connections only. Now the host is a distant acquaintance and the dais is filled with strangers.
Speaking of comedy, I laughed when I read this:
Two live diamondback rattlesnakes were released in an Arizona movie theater during a showing of the new film "Snakes on a Plane," according to Local 6 News.
I hope everyone's OK, but that's what I call hilarious.